Optimal Service Ordering in Decentralized Queries Over Web Services

Optimal Service Ordering in Decentralized Queries Over Web Services

Efthymia Tsamoura (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Anastasios Gounaris (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Yannis Manolopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0879-5.ch613
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The problem of ordering expensive predicates (or filter ordering) has recently received renewed attention due to emerging computing paradigms such as processing engines for queries over remote Web Services, and cloud and grid computing. The optimization of pipelined plans over services differs from traditional optimization significantly, since execution takes place in parallel and thus the query response time is determined by the slowest node in the plan, which is called the bottleneck node. Although polynomial algorithms have been proposed for several variants of optimization problems in this setting, the fact that communication links are typically heterogeneous in wide-area environments has been largely overlooked. The authors propose an attempt to optimize linear orderings of services when the services communicate directly with each other and the communication links are heterogeneous. The authors propose a novel optimal algorithm to solve this problem efficiently. The evaluation of the proposal shows that it can result in significant reductions of the response time.
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Technologies such as grid and cloud computing infrastructures and service-oriented architectures have become adequately mature and have been adopted by a large number of enterprises and organizations. This trend has altered, to an extent, the way complex computational tasks are formulated, giving rise to approaches that rely on composition of services to be executed in a parallel and distributed manner (Alpdemir et al., 2004; Ng, Ooi, Tan, & Zhou, 2003; Malik, Szalay, Budavari, & Thakar, 2003). As a consequence, there is a growing interest in systems that are capable of processing complex tasks formulated as Web Service (WS) workflows utilizing remote computational resources. These tasks may involve the complete management of online sales, the cleaning of large volumes of accumulated data from mistypes, incorrect entries, etc., and the loosely-coupled integration of local applications with tools made available on the Web.

In Srivastava, Munagala, Widom, and Motwani (2006), the notion of Web Service Management System (WSMS) is introduced as a general purpose system, which possesses such advanced processing capabilities. In a WSMS, processing of data takes place through (remote) calls to WSs. The latter provide an interface of the form WS: XY, where X and Y are sets of attributes, i.e., given values for attributes in X, WS returns values for the attributes in Y, as shown in the following example adapted from Srivastava et al. (2006). In the generic case, the input data items (or tuples) may have more attributes than X, while attributes in Y are appended to the existing ones. Note that in the rest of this article, we will use the terms tuple and data item interchangeably.

  • Example 1. Suppose that a company wants to obtain a list of email addresses of potential customers selecting only those who have a good payment history for at least one card and a credit rating above some threshold. The company has the right to use the WSs listed below (Figure 1) that may belong to third parties. The input data containing customer identifiers is supplied by the user.

Figure 1.

Services of example 1


There are multiple valid orderings to perform this task, although there is one precedence constraint: WS2 must precede WS3. The optimization process aims at deciding on the optimal (or near optimal) ordering under given optimization goals. Two possible WS linear orderings that can be formed using the above services are C1 = WS2 WS3 WS1 WS4 and C2 = WS1 WS2 WS3 WS4. In the first ordering, first, the customers having a good payment history are initially selected (WS2, WS3), and then, the remaining customers whose credit history is below some threshold are filtered out (through WS1). The C2 linear plan performs the same tasks in a reverse order. The above linear orderings have different response time. In a subsequent section it will be shown that C2 is the optimal one.

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